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Midlothian Public Library offers a variety of opportunities for volunteer service:

 

Teens, Ages 12-18

 VOICE Teen Advisory Board

 VOICE is a group of teens that meets one evening a month. VOICE assists library staff in planning and hosting library programs for teens, volunteers at library events for all ages (such as the Summer Reading Kickoff), and designs and implements service projects that help the local and global communities. If interested, fill out the VOICE Application and return it to the Help Desk at the library or email it to Stuart Kerr, Youth Services Librarian, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Junior Librarians

If you want to earn a limited number of service hours, but you don’t want to make the year-round commitment of joining VOICE, then Junior Librarians may be for you. Junior Librarians assist library staff in taking care of the Young Adult book collection. If interested, fill out the Teen Volunteer Application and Volunteer Service Agreement and return it to Help Desk at the library or email it to Stuart Kerr, Youth Services Librarian, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Adults

Volunteer Tutors

The library needs volunteer tutors who can assist other adults learn computer skills (e.g., word processing, spreadsheets, online forms, etc.) and job search skills (e.g., writing a résumé). Adults who currently work in or are recently retired from professions that use these skills would be ideal candidates.

We are also looking for individuals with professional training in education or literacy studies to volunteer as conversation partners for our English Language Learners Conversation Group.

Adults interested in being a volunteer tutor should fill out the Adult Volunteer Application and Volunteer Service Agreement and return it to the Help Desk at the library or email it to Dan O’Hara, Adult Services Assistant, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Friends of the Library

The Friends are a group of adult volunteers who serve the library by their fundraising efforts. They also sponsor and maintain several Little Free Libraries around town. The group meets the first Thursday of each month from 6:00-8:00 PM. Individuals are encouraged to join even if they cannot make the meetings. Friends of the Library volunteer opportunities include:

  • Book Sales (3 per year) - About 3 hours for each book sale set up or 2 hours to work shift at the book sale.
  • Holiday Bazaar - About 4 hours for bazaar set up or 2 hours to work shift at the bazaar.
  • Donating crafts for Holiday Bazaar throughout the year.
  • Making baked goods for Holiday Bazaar.
  • MS Excel Work - Volunteering 1-2 hours per month on Friends of the Library projects.
  • Being an Officer – Commitment of about 2 hours per month.
  • Book Nook – Restock the ongoing book sale nook at the library year round. About ½ hour per week.
  • Little Free Libraries – Restocking Little Free Libraries at Metra Station, Park District, and Village Hall. About ½ hour per week.
  • Gala - After-hours adult program, held annually in April to benefit Library. Volunteers needed to tend bar, make appetizers, work and set up displays at tables, etc. About 4 hours for this once-a-year event.
  • Helping to get businesses to donate services or goods for the raffle basket at the Gala. About 4-8 hours per year.

Adults interested in getting involved with the Friends of the Library should contact Laura Gaughan, Adult Services Librarian, at (708) 535-2027 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information Little Free Libraries, please visit the Little Free Library Organizational Website.

 

Court-Ordered Community Service

The library accepts court-ordered community service requests for non-violent, non-theft related offenses. The Library Director reserves the right to reject the application of any court-ordered volunteer.

Hours of community service are based on the Library’s need for the type of assistance the volunteer is able to provide. The Library cannot commit to providing a certain number of hours by a certain deadline. Meeting deadlines and reporting requirements to third parties is the responsibility of the volunteer not the library staff.

Individuals applying for court-ordered community service should fill out the Adult Volunteer Application or the Teen Volunteer Application (ages 12-17) and Volunteer Service Agreement and return it to the Help Desk at the library or email it to Dan O’Hara, Adult Services Assistant, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For all rules and regulations governing volunteer service at Midlothian Public Library, please see our Volunteer Policy.